Behind the Scenes in Provence

Provence Confidential has been blogging about restaurant launches, cooking classes, food festivals, Provençal wines and spirits as well as tradition and folklore since 2008.

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Wine Rally

Wine Rally

The 10th Annual Mont Ste. Victoire Wine Rally takes place on Saturday October 15th 2011. The rally is one of the most enjoyable ways of discovering the AOC: Côte de Provence Sainte Victoire. Team up with some friends and select a designated driver. Then you are off for a full day excursion to visit the different vineyards at the foot of Cezanne’s favorite mountain.

Food & Art

Food & Art

Three Star Michelin chef, Alain Passard of l’Arpège in Paris has published « Collage & Recettes » which is an illustrated cookbook of 48 recipes featuring his own collage work. The collages were recently on exhibit in Cassis where Mr. Passard spent a long weekend as the guest of honour at the grape harvest festival.

Star Studded Grape Harvest

Star Studded Grape Harvest

From September 22-25th, 2011 the town of Cassis has organised a festival dedicated to wine and flavours. Targeted to those passionate about both food and wine, the Star Studded Grape Harvest offers tastings throughout the town and surrounding vineyards.

Gladiator Games

Gladiator Games

This UNESCO world heritage site in Orange will be holding Gladiator Games on Saturday September 10, 2011 from noon until 4:30 pm in the Antique Theatre. Unlike the TV show on NBC these Gladiators will be wearing traditional armor like those worn during the Roman Empire.

Art Exhibit

Art Exhibit

Montreal artist Margot McPherson who now resides in Roussillon, overlooking the ocre cliffs, will have her "Invasions Barbares" collection on exhibit at the Chateau in Gordes from August 27th through September 2nd.

Malmousque

Malmousque

Nestled in the heart of the 7th arrondissement of Marseille just a short distance from the Vieux Port is the Anse de Malmousque, a small enclave that faces the Frioul Islands and Chateau d'If.

Berlingots

Berlingots

Berlingots, small stripped triangular candies, have been manufactured in the city of Carpentras for centuries. There is a legend that states that Pope Clément V invented the Berlingots of Carpentras in 1310.